- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - Residents of Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula have opportunities this year to get rid of unused medicines in a safe way.

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey is among groups sponsoring Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-off Days. The next drop-off event will be Saturday in front of the Antrim County Courthouse in Bellaire.

The program is meant to prevent improper disposal of pharmaceuticals. Scientists say pouring or flushing them into sewage systems can pollute waterways. There’s also a danger of unwanted drugs winding up on the streets or poisoning children and adults.

People bringing drugs to the drop-off sites are asked to keep them in their original containers with personal information blacked out. Prescription and non-prescription medicines are accepted, including pills, liquids, ointments, lotions and even pet medications.

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